Michael Green, World Sheets for World Sheets, Nucl.Phys. B293 (1987) 593-611

Abstract In this paper I suggest that the two-dimensional world sheet underlying the dynamics of relativistic strings may itself emerge from an approximation to a two-dimensional string theory. Coordinates that represent space-time and internal symmetries should emerge as wave functions of the massless states of that theory. This is motivated by studying various string theories with two-dimensional target spaces and internal symmetry which are related to generalized nonlinear sigma models.